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July 15, 2004

SMU AGREES TO PURCHASE NINE ACRES IN LEGACY BUSINESS PARK

DALLAS (SMU) -- SMU has entered an agreement with EDS to purchase nine acres of land adjacent to its Legacy campus in Collin County.

The additional land will make it possible for SMU-in-Legacy to expand its programs as it keeps pace with the growth in Collin and Denton Counties.

"We are well positioned to take advantage of this huge growth north and west of us," said John Whaley, director of SMU-in-Legacy. "SMU wants to be an important part of these communities by making our educational programs more accessible."

SMU-in-Legacy opened in 1997. In 2003-2004 academic year, 4,348 people attended classes at the campus, which has four buildings spread over 16 acres.

Both degree and nondegree programs are available at SMU-in-Legacy. The degree programs range from the Cox School of Business' Professional MBA program to the Engineering School's Executive Master's program. In addition, there are non-degree programs in which students upon completion are certified in specialty fields such as computer networking or dispute resolution. The university’s Linda and Mitch Hart eCenter also is located in the SMU-in-Legacy, with its Guildhall, a graduate program in video game design. The most popular non-degree courses are the adult informal classes and the summer youth programs.

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Southern Methodist University is a private university in Dallas with more than 10,000 students and offering degree programs through six schools. More information about SMU is available at www.smu.edu.


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